Objects, Archives and Diseased Potato Tubers

Open Book

When we think of archives, the first thing that comes to mind is books, paper, plans and maybe photographs or film.

Objects are not the first thing that we think of, but the National Records of Scotland has gained a number of objects over the years,from knives that have been involved in murders, to a piece of tartan said to have belonged to Bonnie Prince Charlie.

RH19/102, dated 1789 from SC29/53/51, from a trial involving the stabbing of a man at his eye

These have originated from many different collections,and we also hold artefacts that were once used in the early days of the office e.g. candles used in the Historical Search Room and clerks’ rulers. We also hold personal objects and mementos,such as hair of a loved one, which were kept within letters.

All of these objects end up being kept, and they present interesting storage challenges for the…

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